Has your deck been looking a little worse for the wear, lately? Even the strongest wood deck won’t last more than 20 years or so. And, with summer fast approaching, now is the ideal time to take a good look at your deck and consider the possibility of a remodel.
We know that remodeling your deck isn’t a cheap endeavor, especially if you aren’t going the DIY route. However, there are a few good reasons why you should bite the bullet and update your outdoor decking. Below, we’ll outline some of the top reasons why you should consider a deck remodel.
1. Increases Your Home Value
If you’re trying to increase your property value and build equity for your home, a deck is a surefire way to do just that. According to a 2018 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report, a midrange wood deck with an average construction cost of $10,950 could fetch a resale value of $9,065—a whopping 82.8 percent in recouped costs.
Just like the rest of your home, your deck should be updated every so often to keep its resale value high. Remodeling your deck can both immediately enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home and potentially help you nab a higher price for it when it comes time to sell.
2. Revitalizes Your Outdoor Living Space
If you’re like most homeowners, your deck is more than just an attractive extension of your home; it’s also a multi-functional hotspot in your backyard. One day, it’s a tranquil place to unwind with a drink and catch a pleasant summer breeze and, the next day, it’s the ultimate party spot for your backyard bash.
Remodeling one of the most commonly used spots in your backyard just makes sense. Not only will you and your family get more mileage out of our newly remodeled deck, but your guests are sure to be impressed with its quality and style.
3. Improves Safety
One of the most pressing reasons to remodel your deck is to increase its safety. Eventually, all decks fade and wear down. If your deck is older than 20 years, it could be unsafe for you, your kids, and your pets.
To assess the safety of your deck, do a thorough inspection and look for any structural flaws. Get a good look at where the deck touches the ground and check for any signs of mildew, rot, or damage. If you have composite decking, you may be able to get away with repairing a section.
If you only replace a section, keep in mind that it will stick out compared to the rest of your old, worn decking. It could also be delaying the inevitable if your decking is in sore need of remodeling.
4. Deck/Patio Flooring to Suit Your Style
Unless you built your home from scratch, you probably didn’t have any say in the design of your current deck or patio flooring. While you might not be thrilled with spending money on a deck remodel, look on the bright side. You now have the ability to choose any deck or patio flooring you want from a wide variety of colors, styles, and patterns. Finally, you can build a deck that aligns with the outdoor living space of your dreams.
5. It’s a Hassle-Free Remodel
Unlike a kitchen or bathroom remodel, you won’t need to significantly disrupt your day-to-day life to remodel your deck. There is no mess because it’s all taking place outside.
If you hire a contractor to remodel your deck, the only downside is that you can’t relax in your favorite patio furniture for a week or so. That’s not a bad trade-off for a sparkling new deck. And, unlike bathroom remodels, there are no plumbing or electrical nightmares to worry about.
6. You Can DIY
Building your own deck probably sounds like a DIY nightmare. But this is only because you haven’t been introduced to deck tiles.
Deck tiles come in wood, composite, rubber, stone, and many other varieties. Not only are they super easy and quick to install by yourself, they’re also inexpensive and durable. No staining, no finishing, and, best of all, no hassle.
Truthfully, you can’t go wrong with a deck remodel. As long as you choose the right material and install everything correctly, you’ll get years—if not decades—of enjoyment out your new deck or patio flooring. And if you ever decide to move, you can expect to recoup much of the construction cost. Sounds like a win-win to us!